George “Germany” Smith

George 'Germany' Smith, Calvary Cemetery, Altoona I finished paying my respects to Medal of Honor recipient John Hickman, before turning my attention toward another notable person who rests within the borders of Altoona's Calvary Cemetery. Knowing he was buried in the same section as Hickman, my father and I spread out to search the stones … Continue reading George “Germany” Smith

Medal of Honor: Robert E Cox

Robert Cox, Rose Hill Cemetery Entering Rose Hill Cemetery, I immediately noted the cemetery's most famous burial - Hedda Hopper - was now marked with a simple sign pointing the way to her grave. Note: more about Hedda can be found here: Hedda Hopper. I passed her burial location and drove towards the rear of … Continue reading Medal of Honor: Robert E Cox

Medal of Honor: John Hickman

John Hickman, Calvary Cemetery, Altoona I entered the sacred grounds of Altoona's Calvary Cemetery to seek one of the region's most notable figures. I drove past local leaders and sports figures who I would visit later so I could pay my respects to a man who was honored for his bravery. I made my way … Continue reading Medal of Honor: John Hickman

Medal of Honor: Harry Harr

Harry Harr, Alto Reste, Altoona After honoring the bravery and sacrifice of Glenn English, Jr, I crossed the roadway and walked down the hillside to where my father was wandering among the stones of Alto Reste Cemetery. He was searching for the grave of the young man whose sacrifice in World War Two saved his … Continue reading Medal of Honor: Harry Harr

Medal of Honor: Glenn H English, Jr

Memorial to Glenn English, Jr, Alto Reste, Altoona Entering Altoona's Alto Reste Cemetery, I was glad I had directions to the graves I sought. Although far from the largest cemetery I've visited, it would have definitely been a challenge to find any grave without help. As I drove along the cemetery's roadways, I could see … Continue reading Medal of Honor: Glenn H English, Jr